University of Calgary

Alastair Lucas

  • Professor
  • Canadian Institute of Resources Law

Bar admissions

Member of the Alberta Bar
Queen's Counsel


Al has been a member of the Alberta Bar since 1968. Before joining the University of Calgary in 1976 as a founding faculty member, he was at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1976. During his term with the UofC Law School, he has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, as Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) and, most recently, as Dean of Law from 2006 to 2011. He has been a consultant and policy advisor to several government departments and tribunals, and has held numerous professional appointments. Al is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. His awards include the Law Society of Alberta / Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship.

In 2016, Al was named one of the Faculty of Graduate Studies GREATsupervisors, which recognizes supervisors who excel in their work with students.

On November 1, 2016, Al was named the Director of the University of Calgary's Sustainable Energy Development program, an interdisciplinary Master's program with the Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering, and the faculties of Law and Environmental Desgin.

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Research group
Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL)
Academic Advisory Group, International Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, Resources and Infrastructure Law


Law 693: Public Lands & Natural Resources Law

Research/Scholarly Activities

Al's academic interests are concentrated on regulatory issues related to energy and environmental law, oil and gas law, constitutional law, and judicial review. Special research focus is on Canadian international and comparative environmental and energy law, including, judicial review of energy facilities decisions, regulation of hydraulic fracturing, regulatory  public involvement, regulation of interjurisdictional pipelines, and the legal agenda for transition to low-carbon economies. The first Canadian book on Public Land Law (with Elaine Hughes and Arlene Kwasniak) was published in June, 2016 (Irwin Law). Also published in in 2016, from Oxford University Press is "Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Natural Resource Development," for which Al is the co-editor and a chapter contributor. He is also editor of Resources: the Newsletter of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.

Confederation of Scholars profile

Graduate Students

Thesis-based LLM:

  • Temitope Onifade
  • Boritsefere Mene

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Tillman, W. and Lucas, A., eds, Litigating Canada's Environment: Leading Canadian Environmental Cases By the Lawyers Involved (Toronto: Thomson Reuters,, 2018)
  • Lucas, A. and Thompson, C., "Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Economy: The Legal Agenda" in Zillman, D. Godden, L., Paddock,L, and Roggenkamp, M. eds, Innovation in Energy Law and Technology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) 38-54
  • Stewart, J., Lucas, A. and Bruno, G., “A Transboundary Comparative Analysis of Opportunities for Public Participation in the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Bakken Shale Formation” (JERL Online, October 2017)
  • Hughes, E., Kwasniak, A. and Lucas, A., Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada, (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2016)
  • Barrera-Hernandez, L, Barton, B. Godden, L, Lucas A. and Ronne, A. eds, Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 339-354
  • Lucas, A. and Lilles, H., "Opportunities for Public Participation in the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in Alberta" (2016) 54:1 Alberta Law Review.
  • Lucas, A and Thompson, C., "Infrastructure, Governance and Global Energy Futures: Regulating the Oil Sands Pipelines" (2016) 28 JELP 355-394.
  • Muldoon, P., Lucas, A.R., Gibson, R.B., and Pickfield, P. and Williams, J., An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada, 2nd ed, Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015
  • Lucas, A. and Cotton, R. eds, Halsbury's Laws of Canada, Environment (LexisNexis, 2018)
  • Lucas, A., gen ed, Canadian Environmental Law, Second Edition (Toronto: LexisNexis, 1991 and regular loose-leaf revision)

ABlawg: The Faculty of Law Blog

Professional Service

Al serves as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, and editor of Resources: The Newsletter of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.

In 2014, Al received the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's 2014 Clyde O. Martz Award for Teaching Excellence in Natural Resources Law.

Photograph of Alastair Lucas
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